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Letter: Bard birthday blast

Clever, well executed, fun and overall delightful are but a few of the adjectives to describe the Celebration of Shakespeares’s 453rd birthday.

Last Sunday, April 23, Defiance Community Players presented a vibrant Reader’s Theatre performance of “As You Like It” and “Twelfth Night.” Although, in the Bard’s day, the ensemble would have consisted of seven men, the five women and two musicians “achieved greatness” in playing all the parts of each comedy. Using narration to tie each plot together, the judiciously abbreviated versions of the stories came alive as players doffed hats, scarves and vests, altered their voices and accents to invoke the myriad complications of disguise and love.

Kudos to thespians Wendy Moore, Kristin Carlson, Trary Lamee, Gabrielle Bailes, Chip Winn Wells and “Collage” musicians Karen Cochran and Pam Peterson for their authentic Renaissance accompaniment.

This is not the “difficult to understand, old guy stuff” you may think of when forced to read Shakespeare in school. This is creative, fun and understandable theater; it is, in the best sense, playing.

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Unfortunately, too many people missed this Defiance Community Theatre Ivy Adler Scholarship fundraiser. While Shakespeare’s birthday has passed, this production is definitely worth repeating. I urge the players to continue to develop evenings such as this, and thank you for a lively happy birthday, Will, party.

Cristine Aronson

Former president, Defiance Community Players


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